Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society


2017 National Awards
It is now tme to apply for the 2017 National Awards. Please take a few moments to read the award descriptions and send your nominations to the national treasurer Ms. Shayanthony Synigal, BS via email no later than the 19th of September 2017

2017 Travel Awards
The national travel award information can be obtained here. This year AEMB is offering travel awards of up to $500 per chapter, nationwide to help defray the BMES conference costs for AEMB members. Recipients are highly encouraged to ask their departments or graduate school for matching funds to suppliment the travel award to enable more students to attend the conference. Kindly send in all travel award applications to the AEMB administration via email at no later than the 19th of September 2017 for consideration.

Join our 2017 Minds Scholars program.
Check out the MINDS page for more info on our current program and for the application form, or check out our past projects and participants

2017 National AEMB Events
This year, AEMB is proud to present the following events. More inforamtion will be added in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta, Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) Workshop
Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Start Time: 1.00pm - 3pm
Location: Room 123, Phoenix Convention Center
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A. Murray, PhD, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT, Bhavit Vora, MS, Marcia A. Pool, PhD, Kerri A. Green, MS and Dominic E. Nathan PhD.

Participation in this workshop is by invitation after successfully competing for a spot on a design team to address this year’s design/research topic (please see for application instructions). Students will work in teams of 4 based on similar interests. Each team will have a mentor who will assist the team in creating a potentially marketable innovation. The mentor will help students incorporate key design considerations, including (i) market considerations for commercialization, (ii) design development and testing, (iii) quality control, (iv) regulatory strategy, and (v) intellectual property protection. After the workshop, students will meet virtually (e.g., via Skype) for up to 8 months to further refine their innovation. They will also be required to produce a more extensive presentation of their product, such as a video for a Kickstarter campaign, or a PowerPoint presentation for a group of potential investors. We will alert participants about opportunities for design contests, investment, and grant programs to further promote and develop their innovations. This program requires an 8 month commitment.

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Convention
Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Start Time: 4.00pm 
Location: Room 123, Phoenix Convention Center
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A Murray PhD, Bahar Dhowan, Sara Mohamed, Lauren Pruett, Shyanthony Synigal, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT, Kerri A. Green, MS and Marcia A. Pool, PhD, Dominic E. Nathan PhD.

At this annual grand meeting, members representing chapters nationwide will come together to discuss important contemporary events relating to AEMB. (Attendance is mandatory for all AEMB members). If you would like to learn more about AEMB or start a new chapter at your school, please consider attending this session and speaking to any of the national officers.  

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta Annual Reception - Tickets required
Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017
Start Time: 11.30am 
Location: Marjele's Sports Grill (24 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A Murray PhD, Bahar Dhowan, Sara Mohamed, Lauren Pruett, Shyanthony Synigal, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT, Kerri A. Green, MS and Marcia A. Pool, PhD,Dominic E. Nathan PhD.
The Annual AEMB reception will be held at Marjele's Sports Grill (24 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). New charters and national awards will be presented at this session. Furthermore, this session will serve as a networking opportunity to meet with other fellow members from AEMB chapters, representatives from industry and academia. This session is open to all AEMB student and faculty members. For tickets, please contact

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta Annual Ethics Session - Charting the landscape of for-profit stem cell clinics in the US
Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017
Start Time: 9.00am - 10.15am
Location: Room 123, Phoenix Convention Center
Session Co-Chairs: Emma Frow, PhD, Bahar Dhowan, Sara Mohamed, Dominic E. Nathan, PhD

For decades, stem cell researchers and bioengineers have been enthusiastic about the therapeutic promise of stem cells. They argue that the capacity of stem cells to self-renew and differentiate into different cell types can help replenish damaged cells and tissues, and therefore holds great clinical potential for a wide range of medical conditions. This promise has found strong support in the public sphere, helping to underpin significant public investments in stem cell research. In practice though, the development and successful translation of stem cell therapies into the market has proven challenging. In the US, this translational gap is being colonized by for-profit clinics offering stem cell treatments that have not been reviewed or even submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for regulatory approval. The rise of these clinics has been a quick and recent development. The exact number is unclear; one estimate in 2014 suggested over 100 US-based clinics, but a recent study has identified 570 in the US1. There is active debate underway about the legitimacy of the stem cell treatments offered by these for-profit clinics. We see some academic stem cell scientists and bioethicists petitioning the FDA to take action. They portray these clinics as snake oil merchants, offering unproven treatments that are, at best, ineffective but expensive for patients and, at worst, dangerous procedures that put patient health and safety at risk. Many of the for-profit clinics openly acknowledge in their marketing materials that their treatments have not been approved by the FDA. Moreover, they often suggest that FDA approval is not needed for the types of treatments they offer. They argue that the research community has been too slow in developing effective stem cell treatments for patients, and that the traditional research and clinical translation process is too bureaucratic to facilitate real innovation in stem cell therapies. For its part, the FDA has not taken a clear stance regarding for-profit stem cell clinics. Over the past few years, it has investigated a small number of these clinics, but it does not seem to be taking systematic action. This emerging landscape of unregulated stem cell treatments is raising serious challenges to existing modes of clinical practice, scientific methodology, and jurisdiction over medical treatments. It raises timely and important questions for us to discuss, for example about patient rights, the politics of expertise in the face of uncertain knowledge, and professional responsibility in contemporary biomedicine.

Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB), the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, is committed to promoting ethics in the field of biomedical engineering. This year, AEMB is honored to host Dr. Emma Frow, PhD. Dr. Frow received her BA in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience) and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. She spent two years working as a subeditor for the journal Nature in London, and then re-trained in the social sciences, gaining an MSc in Science & Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She completed postdoctoral research at the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and was an Assistant Professor in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Arizona State University (ASU) in 2015. At ASU, Dr. Frow is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Biological & Health Systems Engineering (SBHSE) and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS). She is also a Lincoln Professor with ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. At ASU, Dr. Frow runs the Bioengineering, Policy & Society laboratory, which uses qualitative social science research methods to explore key questions concerning the governance of emerging biotechnologies. Current projects in the lab focus on experimental stem cell treatments, the emerging field of synthetic biology, and the future of engineering education. For more information about Dr. Frow, please check out her official webpage
1 Turner, L. & Knoepfler, P. (2016) Selling stem cells in the USA: Assessing the direct-to-consumer industry. Cell Stem Cell 19: 1-4

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta Public Policy Session: How to Advocate for Biomedical Research Funding
Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Start Time: 9.00am - 10.00am
Location: Room 123, Phoenix Convention Center
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A Murray PhD

Discover three secrets to making a winning case for federal funding for medical and biological research. Learn practical steps to successfully getting your point across to a member of Congress.  Find out how to brand your university lab as a leader in the race to cure cancer, reverse neurodegeneration, or other important field of biomedical research.  Arm yourself with the strategies for changing today’s policy landscape; it might provide the key to funding for your next discovery. Long-time Washington political insider, former lobbyist and Administration appointee, and the Executive Director of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Milan Yager, will explain Congressional funding of biomedical research. We will have a lively discussion after the presentation. We particularly encourage students and early career members to participate, but all are welcome to attend.

Annual Chapter Report

Annual Chapter report are due in May. Please download the report from following template and submit it to us immediately. Thank you.
                                                               Annual Chapter Report

AEMB address change
Please take note of AEMB's new mailing address:
    1304 W. Springfield Avenue, M/C 278
     Urbana, IL 61801


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